Last month, I wrote about how we were going to involve the children in the School Agreements on a deeper and more meaningful level.
All the teachers were given the outline of activities that they could do with the class, and four weeks to do this work in. This type of activity should become an integral part of class teaching time, as the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) life of schools is taking a higher priority within the OFSTED agenda.
However, as with many things in school, this activity did not turn out as I was expecting! We live and learn all the time!
It became clear to me that the Personal Health and Sex Education (PHSE) side of the curriculum is not given the time, attention and priority that it should be. It is the one subject that regularly becomes squeezed as the pressures to fit everything else in take over. Potentially, teachers did not give the activities the thought that was needed beforehand? Many teachers reported back to me that it was a very hard activity, and that the children needed a lot of support and guidance in coming forward with their own ideas and suggestions. Yet one of our teachers did a superb job, collecting quotations along the way.
So where do we go from here? I think we need to raise the profile of PHSE teaching across the school. I think we need to emphasise the importance to developing children’s social awareness and develop their idea of responsibility. As staff we need to see and understand the value of PHSE to the way a school runs. This will feed into the Spring term work on updating and revising our One Page Profiles.